This is an open letter to the Left in general. If you can answer these questions, please do, because more than anything, I don’t want to give up.
Today many people joined us in the strikes. It was brilliant having all these people not working – but what did it really affect? Woo-hoo – we got some press coverage, but won’t the government still pass through higher pensions? Won’t Labour be the ones who let it happen?
For those of you who know me, you know that I don’t give up easily. But I’m beginning to question everything. I’m beginning to be sick and tired of the way I am treated by my family (for bothering to stand up for the things they *say* they believe in, and standing up for the things they don’t) and by the way I have been treated by the left. Everything feels like a battle – we’re not only fighting against the right, but we also way too busy fighting each other.
The nature of London’s youth clique astounds me. To be involved in activism now, just to know what’s going on, you need to “know” people – but that’s not enough – you need to be someone they like. There is no open culture and open welcome. You’re a stranger until you fight your way in… If you’re different, don’t expect a chance of getting involved (unless you’re happy with just tagging along).
And what are we winning exactly? Who are we fighting for? A Labour Party which just cusses its own supporters by calling them an “inconvenience” or “a mistake” when they demand accountability? Or the Unions who accept the cusses and pay them even more money? Or perhaps the shambles that is the Green Party, which is vainly attempting to push off the loonies that hang around the fringes? Or perhaps the other hundred other versions of Marxist parties that talk power but don’t act?
So yes, I’m disillusioned. But more so I’m tired. I’m tired of fighting off my family that condemn me for being political. And even more so, I’m tired of fighting to even get involved in left-wing politics.
True left-wing politics is open, accepting and community-based. Where has all of that gone?